NSW Minerals Council welcomes Labor's public support for NSW coal industry

August 28, 2019

The NSW Minerals Council has welcomed Labor’s strong public expression of support for our state’s coal mining industry and the thousands of mining families and businesses supported by coal mining in communities across NSW.


Visiting Bloomfield’s Rix's Creek Coal Mine today, NSW Opposition Leader Jodi Mckay, Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Paul Scully, Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Jobs Yasmin Catley and Federal Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources Joel Fitzgibbon together expressed their strong support for the long term future of coal mining in NSW.


Speaking on these calls for transition Ms Mckay said that “...coal will continue to have a future under a NSW Labor government...It is the lifeblood of this community – it provides tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in royalties to the state’s coffers. We have stood with coal miners and coal mining communities for over a century. We will never turn our back on them.”


Responding today, NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said, “The strong public statements of support for coal that we have seen from Labor today will be welcomed by more than 22,000 NSW coal miners and their families across NSW who are keen to see action to secure the future for their sector.”


“This support will also be welcomed by thousands more people who work in the broader mining sector, including in metals mining and in the more than 7000 NSW businesses who supply our mines.”


“There’s also been strong support for the coal sector from the State Coalition Government, and particularly from Deputy Premier John Barilaro who has responsibility for the Resources portfolio.”


“There’s now an opportunity to turn these words into action through bipartisan support in NSW Parliament for the policies needed to secure a strong future for our coal sector, so we can continue to contribute investment, jobs and growth for the NSW economy and regional communities.”



ENDS


Contact: Hugo Robinson | hrobinson@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

 

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